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S. 2364 (114th): Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Dec 8, 2015 (Introduced).


II

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2364

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

December 8, 2015

(for himself and Mr. Heller) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To permit occupational therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit under a Medicare home health plan of care for certain rehabilitation cases.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act of 2015.

2.

Permitting occupational therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit under a Medicare home health plan of care for certain rehabilitation cases

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding section 484.55(a)(2) of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, or any other provision of law, an occupational therapist may conduct the initial assessment visit for an individual who is eligible for home health services under title XVIII of the Social Security Act if the referral order by the physician—

(1)

does not include skilled nursing care;

(2)

includes occupation therapy; and

(3)

includes physical therapy or speech language pathology.

(b)

Rule of construction

Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed to provide for initial eligibility for coverage of home health services under title XVIII of the Social Security Act solely on the basis of a need for occupational therapy.